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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911071/severe-brain-injury-in-massachusetts-assessing-the-continuum-of-care
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Laura Lorenz, Gabrielle Katz
Acquired brain injury (ABI) is a major public health problem in Massachusetts (Hackman et al, 2014) and includes traumatic brain injury (TBI), stroke, ABI-related infectious diseases, metabolic disorders affecting the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord), and brain tumor. Advances in emergency medical care and neurosurgery mean that more people are surviving severe traumatic brain injury (Trexler et al, 2014). Yet many patients with severe TBI in particular, are not receiving inpatient services after initial treatment (Hackman et al, 2014; CDC, 2014) or later that are known to be effective (Malec & Kean, 2015; Lewis & Horn, 2015; BI Commission, 2011; Kolakowsky-Hayner et al, 2000; Interviews)...
December 10, 2015: Issue Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910721/care-delivery-considerations-for-widespread-and-equitable-implementation-of-inherited-cancer-predisposition-testing
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Deborah Cragun, Anita Y Kinney, Tuya Pal
DNA sequencing advances through next-generation sequencing (NGS) and several practice changing events, have led to shifting paradigms for inherited cancer predisposition testing. These changes necessitated a means by which to maximize health benefits without unnecessarily inflating healthcare costs and exacerbating health disparities. Areas covered: NGS-based tests encompass multi-gene panel tests, whole exome sequencing, and whole genome sequencing, all of which test for multiple genes simultaneously, compared to prior sequencing practices through which testing was performed sequentially for one or two genes...
December 2, 2016: Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909127/costs-quality-of-life-and-cost-effectiveness-of-arthroscopic-and-open-repair-for-rotator-cuff-tears-an-economic-evaluation-alongside-the-ukuff-trial
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J Murphy, A Gray, C Cooper, D Cooper, C Ramsay, A Carr
AIMS: A trial-based comparison of the use of resources, costs and quality of life outcomes of arthroscopic and open surgical management for rotator cuff tears in the United Kingdom NHS was performed using data from the United Kingdom Rotator Cuff Study (UKUFF) randomised controlled trial. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Using data from 273 patients, healthcare-related use of resources, costs and quality-adjusted life years (QALYs) were estimated at 12 months and 24 months after surgery on an intention-to-treat basis with adjustment for covariates...
December 2016: Bone & Joint Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908559/influence-of-a-pay-for-performance-program-on-glycemic-control-in-patients-living-with-diabetes-by-family-physicians-in-a-canadian-province
#4
Emilie LeBlanc, Mathieu Bélanger, Véronique Thibault, Lise Babin, Beverly Greene, Stuart Halpine, Michelina Mancuso
OBJECTIVES: We evaluated the influence of the introduction of a pay-for-performance program implemented in 2010 for family physicians on the glycemic control of patients with diabetes. METHODS: Administrative data for all 583 eligible family physicians and 83,580 adult patients with diabetes in New Brunswick over 10 years were used. We compared the probability of receiving at least 2 tests for glycated hemoglobin (A1C) levels and achieving glycemic control before (2005-2009) and after (2010-2014) the implementation of the program and between patients divided based on whether a physician claimed the incentive or did not...
November 29, 2016: Canadian Journal of Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907897/cost-effectiveness-of-embryo-transfer-strategies-a-decision-analytic-model-using-long-term-costs-and-consequences-of-singletons-and-multiples-born-as-a-consequence-of-ivf
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M M J van Heesch, A D I van Asselt, J L H Evers, M A H B M van der Hoeven, J C M Dumoulin, C E M van Beijsterveldt, G J Bonsel, R H M Dykgraaf, J B van Goudoever, C Koopman-Esseboom, W L D M Nelen, K Steiner, P Tamminga, N Tonch, H L Torrance, C D Dirksen
STUDY QUESTION: What is the cost-effectiveness of elective single embryo transfer (eSET) versus double embryo transfer (DET) strategies from a societal perspective, when applying a time horizon of 1, 5 and 18 years? SUMMARY ANSWER: From a short-term perspective (1 year) it is cost-effective to replace DET with single embryo transfer; however when intermediate- (5 years) and long-term (18 years) costs and consequences are incorporated, DET becomes the most cost-effective strategy, given a ceiling ratio of €20 000 per quality-adjusted life years (QALY) gained...
November 2016: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905941/financing-strategies-to-improve-essential-public-health-equalization-and-its-effects-in-china
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Li Yang, Li Sun, Liankui Wen, Huyang Zhang, Chenyang Li, Kara Hanson, Hai Fang
BACKGROUND: In 2009, China launched a health reform to promote the equalization of national essential public health services package (NEPHSP). The present study aimed to describe the financing strategies and mechanisms to improve access to public health for all, identify the strengths and weaknesses of the different approaches, and showed evidence on equity improvement among different regions. METHODS: We reviewed the relevant literatures and identified 208 articles after screening and quality assessment and conducted six key informants' interviews...
December 1, 2016: International Journal for Equity in Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905020/laparoscopic-versus-open-cholecystectomy-a-cost-effectiveness-analysis-at-rwanda-military-hospital
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Allison Silverstein, Ainhoa Costas-Chavarri, Mussa R Gakwaya, Joseph Lule, Swagoto Mukhopadhyay, John G Meara, Mark G Shrime
BACKGROUND: Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is first-line treatment for uncomplicated gallstone disease in high-income countries due to benefits such as shorter hospital stays, reduced morbidity, more rapid return to work, and lower mortality as well-being considered cost-effective. However, there persists a lack of uptake in low- and middle-income countries. Thus, there is a need to evaluate laparoscopic cholecystectomy in comparison with an open approach in these settings. METHODS: A cost-effectiveness analysis was performed to evaluate laparoscopic and open cholecystectomies at Rwanda Military Hospital (RMH), a tertiary care referral hospital in Rwanda...
November 30, 2016: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903140/can-we-pay-for-performance-in-behavioral-health-care
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Rebecca E Stewart, Ishara Lareef, Trevor R Hadley, David S Mandell
Pay for performance (P4P) has become a popular strategy to reward quality and cost-efficiency in behavioral health care and other health care disciplines. This column presents the results of a literature review of P4P in behavioral health care. Fifteen empirical studies evaluating the outcomes of behavioral health services provided in a P4P system were identified. The limited data suggest that P4P can achieve its desired effect. More research is needed on outcomes, performance, and unintended consequences.
December 1, 2016: Psychiatric Services: a Journal of the American Psychiatric Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899172/identification-of-intestinal-ganglioneuromatosis-leads-to-early-diagnosis-of-men2b-role-of-rectal-biopsy
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Stefan Gfroerer, Till-Martin Theilen, Henning Fiegel, Patrick N Harter, Michel Mittelbronn, Udo Rolle
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Gastrointestinal symptoms are very common in patients with multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2B (MEN2B) syndrome. Herein, we present a case of intestinal ganglioneuromatosis (IGN) in MEN2B syndrome and a systematic literature review with a special focus on gastrointestinal symptoms prior to the diagnosis of MEN2B. METHODS: Literature search was performed (years 1966-2015) using the "Pubmed" and "Scopus" databases. Search terms used were gastrointestinal, intestinal and MEN2B...
November 17, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895518/single-leg-squats-can-predict-leg-alignment-in-dancers-performing-ballet-movements-in-turnout
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Luke S Hopper, Nahoko Sato, Andries L Weidemann
The physical assessments used in dance injury surveillance programs are often adapted from the sports and exercise domain. Bespoke physical assessments may be required for dance, particularly when ballet movements involve "turning out" or external rotation of the legs beyond that typically used in sports. This study evaluated the ability of the traditional single-leg squat to predict the leg alignment of dancers performing ballet movements with turnout. Three-dimensional kinematic data of dancers performing the single-leg squat and five ballet movements were recorded and analyzed...
2016: Open Access Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894323/health-related-quality-of-life-and-a-cost-utility-simulation-of-adults-in-the-uk-with-osteogenesis-imperfecta-x-linked-hypophosphatemia-and-fibrous-dysplasia
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Lydia Forestier-Zhang, Laura Watts, Alison Turner, Harriet Teare, Jane Kaye, Joe Barrett, Cyrus Cooper, Richard Eastell, Paul Wordsworth, Muhammad K Javaid, Rafael Pinedo-Villanueva
BACKGROUND: Health-related quality of life of adults with osteogenesis imperfecta (OI), fibrous dysplasia (FD) and X-linked hypophosphatemia (XLH) remains poorly described. The aim of this study was to describe the HRQoL of adults with osteogenesis imperfecta, fibrous dysplasia and X-linked hypophophataemia and perform a cost-utility simulation to calculate the maximum cost that a health care system would be willing to pay for a hypothetical treatment of a rare bone disease. RESULTS: Participants completed the EQ-5D-5 L questionnaire between September 2014 and March 2016...
November 28, 2016: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892977/societal-value-of-surgery-for-facial-reanimation
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Peiyi Su, Lisa E Ishii, Andrew Joseph, Jason Nellis, Jacob Dey, Kristin Bater, Patrick J Byrne, Kofi D O Boahene, Masaru Ishii
Importance: Patients with facial paralysis are perceived negatively by society in a number of domains. Society's perception of the health utility of varying degrees of facial paralysis and the value society places on reconstructive surgery for facial reanimation need to be quantified. Objective: To measure health state utility of varying degrees of facial paralysis, willingness to pay (WTP) for a repair, and the subsequent value of facial reanimation surgery as perceived by society...
November 17, 2016: JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891603/using-harm-based-weights-for-the-ahrq-patient-safety-for-selected-indicators-composite-psi-90-does-it-affect-assessment-of-hospital-performance-and-financial-penalties-in-veterans-health-administration-hospitals
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Qi Chen, Amy K Rosen, Ann Borzecki, Michael Shwartz
OBJECTIVE: To assess whether hospital profiles for public reporting and pay-for-performance, measured by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Patient Safety for Selected Indicators (PSI-90) composite measure, were affected by using the recently developed harm-based weights. DATA SOURCES/STUDY SETTING: Retrospective analysis of 2012-2014 data from the Veterans Health Administration (VA). STUDY DESIGN: The AHRQ PSI software (v5...
December 2016: Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885429/defect-width-the-prognostic-index-for-vaginal-repair-of-cesarean-section-diverticula
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Xingchen Zhou, Min Yao, Jieru Zhou, Weilin Tan, Husheng Wang, Xipeng Wang
PURPOSE: To evaluate the clinical parameter associated with cesarean section diverticula anatomic healing via vaginal repair management. METHODS: Observational cohort study. From Jul 2014 to Dec 2015, 143 women with CSD underwent vaginal repair surgery in Shanghai First Maternity and Infant Hospital, and 137(95.80%) were diagnosed using both transvaginal ultrasound and MRI. A total of 124 patients (86.71%) who were followed-up for more than 6 months after surgery were enrolled in this study...
November 25, 2016: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884930/diet-modification-challenges-faced-by-marginalized-and-nonmarginalized-adults-with-type-2-diabetes-a-systematic-review-and-qualitative-meta-synthesis
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REVIEW
Meredith Vanstone, Alex Rewegan, Francesca Brundisini, Mita Giacomini, Sujane Kandasamy, Deirdre DeJean
OBJECTIVES: Diet modification is an important part of the prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes, but sustained dietary change remains elusive for many individuals. This paper describes and interprets the barriers to diet modification from the perspective of people with type 2 diabetes, paying particular attention to the experiences of people who experience social marginalization. METHODS: A systematic review of primary, empirical qualitative research was performed, capturing 120 relevant studies published between 2002 and 2015...
November 24, 2016: Chronic Illness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884928/macra-2-0-are-you-ready-for-mips
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REVIEW
Joshua A Hirsch, Andrew B Rosenkrantz, Sameer A Ansari, Laxmaiah Manchikanti, Gregory N Nicola
The annual cost of healthcare delivery in the USA now exceeds US$3 trillion. Fee for service methodology is often implicated as a cause of this exceedingly high figure. The Affordable Care Act created the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to pilot test value based alternative payments for reimbursing physician services. In 2015, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) was passed into law. MACRA has dramatic implications for all US based healthcare providers. MACRA permanently repealed the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate so as to stabilize physician part B Medicare payments, consolidated pre-existing federal performance programs into the Merit based Incentive Payments System (MIPS), and legislatively mandated new approaches to paying clinicians...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884185/the-inescapable-question-of-fairness-in-pay-for-performance-bonus-distribution-a-qualitative-study-of-health-workers-experiences-in-tanzania
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Victor Chimhutu, Nils Gunnar Songstad, Marit Tjomsland, Mwifadhi Mrisho, Karen Marie Moland
BACKGROUND: During the last decade there has been a growing concern about the lack of results in the health sectors of many low income countries. Progress has been particularly slow in maternal- and child health. Prompted by the need to accelerate progress towards these health outcomes, pay-for- performance (P4P) schemes have been initiated in a number of countries. This paper explores the perceptions and experiences of health workers with P4P bonus distribution in the health system context of rural Tanzania...
November 25, 2016: Globalization and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878690/willingness-to-pay-and-the-sensitivity-of-willingness-to-pay-for-interdisciplinary-musculoskeletal-clinics-a-contingent-valuation-study-in-quebec-canada
#18
Thomas G Poder, Jie He
Orthopedics is a discipline that requires a continuum of care in close collaboration with physicians, nurses, and healthcare professionals to ensure effective rehabilitation. In some cases, the wait time for a consultation may be very long, which can jeopardize the patient's rehabilitation and sometimes even cause complications that lead to a loss of autonomy. In Quebec, there is a severe shortage of healthcare professionals-and of orthopedic surgeons, in particular-specializing in musculoskeletal problems...
December 2016: Int J Health Econ Manag
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875401/ethics-pain-and-pay-for-performance
#19
Susan K Fisher
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December 2016: Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872085/population-health-needs-as-predictors-of-variations-in-nhs-practice-payments-a-cross-sectional-study-of-english-general-practices-in-2013-2014-and-2014-2015
#20
Louis S Levene, Richard Baker, Andrew Wilson, Nicola Walker, Kambiz Boomla, M John G Bankart
BACKGROUND: NHS general practice payments in England include pay for performance elements and a weighted component designed to compensate for workload, but without measures of specific deprivation or ethnic groups. AIM: To determine whether population factors related to health needs predicted variations in NHS payments to individual general practices in England. DESIGN AND SETTING: Cross-sectional study of all practices in England, in financial years 2013-2014 and 2014-2015...
November 21, 2016: British Journal of General Practice: the Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners
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